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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Amazing Hand Drawn Map of San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM

click to enlarge JENNISPARKS.COM

We love a good map of San Francisco, and this one by London-based illustrator Jenni Sparks caught our attention. The intricate map highlights each landmark, every park, and most of the well-known businesses of each neighborhood — zooming-in on the map we spotted our favorite S.F. bookstore and coffee shop. At one point it reminded us of Where's Waldo, but instead of Waldo, we found Hot Cookie's cock. 

We knew this map must have taken quite a bit of research and time so we caught up with Sparks via email to learn a little more about her process and the art. "I visited S.F. in late April this year for almost two weeks to research the map and meet local residents," says Sparks. Afterwards she put pen to paper and was able to complete the map by early September.

But during her time here, it wasn't just studying the topography and learning about places locals love — she gained a new appreciation for the City. Sparks adds, "I absolutely loved San Francisco, if it wasn’t so tough to emigrate I would totally live there, I felt that compared to a lot of other cities the energy and friendliness of its residents was amazing. You guys should be proud to have such a beautiful and welcoming city!"

We do live in a pretty amazing place.

To see more maps by Jenni Sparks (and zoomed-in images of the San Francisco map) visit her site; and if you're interested in purchasing the map it's for sale on evermade for approximately $163. 
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